“Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything” — Josef Stalin, general secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR, from 1922 until death in 1953.
Under Stalin, Ukraine suffered a famine so great it is considered to be genocide with death estimates ranging from 2.5 million to 10 million.
The famine was caused by direct political and administrative decisions. Stalin also ordered purges within the Soviet Union of any person deemed to be an enemy of the state (i.e. capitalists, theists). Estimates of the total number murdered under Stalin’s reign range from 10 million to 60 million.
His government promoted atheism with mass propaganda in school and a terror campaign against the religious. He crushed the Russian Orthodox Church, leveling thousands of churches and shooting more than 100,000 priests, monks and nuns between 1937 and 1938.
Dale Smith, Auburn